Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9, leading to a wave of protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, is likely to resign from his department, according to his lawyer.
In an interview with NBC station KSDK, attorney Jim Towey said, “Realistically speaking, Darren will never be a police officer again, and he understands that. Going forward it will be school, and trying to carve out a new niche, new career, for he and his family.”
On Monday a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson in the death of Brown. That decision sparked the most violent outburst in Ferguson since August. Over 80 arrests were made, a dozen buildings were burned and the National Guard had to be summoned to patrol the city.
Wilson sat down for his first major televised interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos the following night. He stood by his actions on August 9, saying “I know I did my job right,” and insisting he was not “haunted” by the shooting death of Brown.
Since the Brown story earned national headlines this summer and fall, Wilson has been married and is expecting his first child. The grand jury’s decision was “very relieving,” Wilson told Stephanopoulos. “A huge weight was lifted off of us. The unknown was finally known.”
Another of Wilson’s attorneys, Neil Bruntrager added in the KSDK interview that Wilson believes he would put other officers at risk if he returned to the force. “And he just, he won’t do that, he won’t do that,” Bruntrager said.